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  • Audio CD (November 20, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Evidence
  • ASIN: B0000014JO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,512 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7. Ankh
8. Solar Drums
9. The Outer Heavens
10. Infinity Of The Universe
11. Lights On A Satellite
12. Kosmos In Blue

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It's certainly enjoyable music, but for me it's less interesting.
Andreas C G
There is a joyfulness about the improvisation in these performances that is totally seductive, and the musical textures are wonderfully balanced and uncluttered.
Dennis M. Clark
In fact, listen closely to adventure-equation and you can hear a ringing phone!
Todd Ebert

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Cozmik Source on April 10, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This CD brings together two of Sun Ra's landmark albums from the early 60's. Tracks 1-5 comprise `Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy' (Dated 1963) & tracks 6-12 make up `Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow' (Dated 1961-1962). As with all the Sun Ra reissues on Evidence the `scene setting' sleeve notes are extensive, well researched and really help you to understand how the music was created and what it's all about.
And as you listen to this music it's easy to imagine that the Arkestra are playing along to some surreal sci-fi movie, maybe a film that only existed in Sun Ra's mind? Who knows? What I do know is this album has a timeless quality and I'll never grow tired of listening to it. Tracks 1-3 are all in a similar vein, each with slightly differing arrangements and varying amounts of delay. In fact the use of an echo box throughout the album is awesome. Check out Track 2 (Thither and Yon), Track 5 (Voice of Space) with its haunting sax solos and beautiful bass, and Track 8 (Solar Drums) a complete delay-fest extravaganza! I can't think of another artist who was creating similar `sound-scapes' at the beginning of the sixties, with the exception of early sci-fi films such as `Forbidden Planet'. Sun Ra doesn't make his presence felt (other than as producer, arranger and mixer) until Track 4 (Moon Dance). This is my favourite track, featuring some awesome organ playing from the leader and a bass riff that wouldn't sound out of place on a funk/jazz album released today. Track 6 (Cluster of Galaxies) is another excellent sound experiment, and the louder you have the volume set during Track 10 (Infinity of the Universe) the better! All in all... this is classic Sun Ra. You can even hear a telephone ringing half way through Track 3 (Adventure-Equation) and then again at the end of that track!
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 1999
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Why you should buy this album: 1.It sounds like a transmission from the hippest radio station in outer space. 2.It contains fully successful examples of futurist and minimalist compositions, written by a man who most likely had never before encountered either term. 3.It will make you more intelligent and hip. 4.It makes the psychedelic music of the hippie era sound tame. It was also recorded four years before the first acid test. 5.It's damned funky. Find out what you're missing.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By nadav haber on November 28, 2002
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Sun Ra was in tune with cosmic energies, and was influenced by heliocentric sound waves.
Whether or not this is taken literally, I have no doubt, after listening to this cd, that Sun Ra heard things his own way, and succeeded in transmitting what he heard to his Arkestra.
The music here is simultaneously primitive and ultra modern. John gilmore's solo on the third track, for example, reminds alot of Ethiopian music and even Sudanese music. The liner notes say it is the call of a Muezin. The rhythms move from sounding African to sounding solar, with surprising fluency. Some of the interplay between the horns, on a few tracks, are so creative and effective, that their effect on me is hard to describe.
I see the influence of Ra's music on so many things, such as energy music, the AACM (the way he uses space and silence), and on other styles, outside of jazz. All this while defying commercialism, staying true to his artistic vision, and maintaining wonderful orchestra's for so many years.
It is a rare priviledge for us mere mortals to listen to the music of Sun Ra, enjoy it and even write about it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alistair McHarg on May 16, 2006
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Cosmic Tones For Mental Therapy and Art Forms Of Dimensions Tomorrow by Sun Ra and his Myth Science Arkestra is quite a formidable title by any measure - and yet - when you actually listen to this astonishing piece of work you will find yourself thoroughly convinced - indeed - it is the only possible name for it.

They say that for an alcoholic, one drink is too many and one thousand aren't enough. I have discovered the same to be true of Sun Ra CDs, which seem to be breeding on my wall. Hearing one is too much because once you've listened it's too late to pretend you haven't heard what you've heard. One thousand aren't enough because each is different, the product of a man who explored constantly, driven by an inspired and fearless abandon.

Sun Ra CDs seem to break down into two categories, the really sharp old school jazz CDs and the intergalactic travel CDs. While I have praised Heliocentric Worlds Volume 1 in the past, I now think this is the indispensable Sun Ra CD - the one you simply MUST own. More than any other I've heard it bridges the gap between the two worlds of Sun Ra, in fact, listening to this CD it's difficult to tell which world you're in. At times it might be Morocco, other times it might be a spaceship rounding Venus, then again, some moments feel like a Cuban nightclub in the 1950's.

Maybe that's the real poetry of Sun Ra, you can never be really sure of anything. I may be back soon to revise my opinion again, after probing deeper into the enchanted world of Sun Ra. I wouldn't be at all surprised if I were again surprised.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dennis M. Clark on June 14, 2001
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I have been making my way through the various CD reissues of Sun Ra recordings over the last 2 years, always with respect, and usually with genuine enjoyment, but this one has rocketed to the top of the list. Everything I read about Sun Ra in John F. Szwed's wonderful "Space is the Place" biography is finally revealed in this tremendously inspired recording. There is a joyfulness about the improvisation in these performances that is totally seductive, and the musical textures are wonderfully balanced and uncluttered. None of the musicians get in each other's way, and the music is never mushy and confused. The group really does sound like it is exploring the unknown together and wants to take the listener along. Although you can hear influences of all sorts of music (swing, "classical" avant-garde, bop, etc.), it defies categorization. A totally uplifting musical experience.
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